Post # 1
Okay I’ve had a REALLY stressful year even without the wedding planning and I had intended on losing twenty pounds or so before the wedding, but now the wedding is less than five months away and I’ve gained twenty instead! I am freaking out and I don’t know what to do at this point. I know I need to start something quickly, but I don’t know what. I want it to be something that WORKS. I don’t expect a miracle cure. I expect to work my butt off I just don’t knwo where to start. Obviously I’m dieting and excersizing, but I feel I need a real plan. Which excersize works best? What kind of dieting works best? I’ve gone to my doctor three times and each time she says oh, you’ve gained more weight, okay well try again and we’ll check back in a few months. But I just keep gaining because nothing is changing and I need to know what to do! Help from any bees who have lost? What plan of action did you take? What sorts of things helped you to lose?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@BriansBride: Hiring a personal trainer 3 days a week worked the absolute best for me.
If you can’t afford a PT, then make sure to keep track of what calories you eat and your exercise calories using something like myfitnesspal.com. I swear by cross training (mixture of cardio and weightlifting) as being the best long term weightloss program but you also have to eat healthy and cook most of your own meals from fresh products so you can control the calories going into each dish.
A free cross training program that worked pretty well for me is BeFit in 90 days on the BeFit channel on YouTube.
Post # 4
Here are a couple of suggestions that helped me:
1. Log EVERYTHING (food, drinks exercises). I use Loseit.com for this
2. Switch up your work outs
3. Work out at LEAST 3xs a week
4. Don’t go too low on your calories (don’t want to go into starvation mode)
5. The key for EVERYTHING is moderation.
6. Give your body rest from exercise
7. Have a CHEAT day.
I Zumba 4xs a week plus I will throw in some other “random” exercise. This week I am going swimming last week we went for a hike. I keep my calorie limit around 1200-1400 per day. I portion control like a crazy woman. I know that one of the small bowls I have is (when filled with chips) is about 140 calories and I have other things that allow me to do this with other foods. I keep every meal around 400 calories. By doing this I have lost 25lbs since July.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Crossfit totally changed my bod! Take this with a grain of salt because I have not been very strict with myself lately, but when I was doing a (semi strict) paleo diet with 3 days a week of crossfit I dropped flab really quickly. It does kick your ass, and it isnt cheap, but even now when I don’t diet I look much better than I did. Much more toned.
Post # 6
@BriansBride: Weight Watchers works if you follow the rules of it. I know a lot of people who’ve had great success with it. Exercise is important for health, but exercise alone will not help you lose weight. Changing eating habits is key.
Post # 7
MyFitnessPal and weightlifting gave me the biggest, fastest results.
I looked more toned after a few months of doing this than I did after I finished my first marathon! I think once I added in weight training and cleaning up my diet/adding in more lean protein it really kicked my metabolism into gear.
Ugh, I need to get back into that!
Post # 8
Calorie counting and logging everything I ate. This was the ONLY way I was able to lose any kind of weight. I also worked out 3-4 times a week. Previously, I had been working out 3-4 times a week but not logging anything in. I did not lose an ounce. Once I did though, I was able to lose 20 pounds very slowly this wa. Of course, I then moved in with DH and gained 7 pounds back!
Post # 9
Cutting out processed food, cutting out wheat and starch and cutting out sugar except for what’s found in fruit. That and a 4 k walk a day and I’ve broken my plateau and lost 13 lbs in less than a month!
Post # 10
@BriansBride: It’s really important to have a diet plan. To be honest, exercise alone is not going to help you lose weight. If you wanted to lose a pound a week on just exercise, you’d basically have to run a marathon every week to burn the right amount of calories, and NOT make up for the extra burn by eating any more than normal.
Any exercise, any movement, that you enjoy and that gets you active is going to help. It’s good for your health, it reduces stress, and yes, it will burn calories. If you like to walk, go outside and walk. If you like to walk and have a gym or a treadmill, that works too – I take my iPad to the gym and watch TV episodes while I walk to pass the time. I also love Zumba, so I do that. If you’re not moving at all currently, any bit of exercise you can work in is going to be a help.
But what’s more important for weight loss is your diet. I’ve successfully done Weight Watchers before, but I’ve always gained back what I lost. To be fair, I only ever really did WW when I was in college. I’d go to school, gain weight on alcohol and campus food, and then do WW over the summer to lose the 10 pounds I’d gained.
The only thing that I’ve had success with since then is Myfitnesspal. I’ve lost over 20 pounds so far and haven’t gained it back yet. It’s easy to stick to, easy to use, and it makes it easy for me to plan ahead and keep on top of things.
Good luck! If I can do it, you can do it 🙂
Post # 11
@BriansBride: I agree. Get a PT and be prepared to eat real food and track your calories. Most PT’s will be able to give you some eating guidelines. You can also meet with a registered dietician for guidance. Otherwise, Weight Watchers and exercise is pretty no fail if you are honest and stick to the plan!
Post # 12
I logged everything on myfitnesspal.com and it worked great for about six months (I lost 55 pounds). Until life got in the way and I stopped logging. FI and I moved from Florida to New Jersey at the end of June and I got a new job. Then he wasn’t working for awhile. All I wanted to do was eat. I’ve never had a good relationship with food. I even told him before we started MyFitnessPal, “This is going to end one of two ways. I’m going to go over the top and become borderline anorexic (happened the last time I tried tracking) or you’re going to come home to me mainlining Big Macs on the couch.” Thankfully, I didn’t quite go to either extreme but I’m also not eating anything remotely healthy right now. I also left my Personal Trainer in Florida, which bummed me out, because she helped a lot.
Post # 13
Wow, I’m overwhelmed with all the responses. Thank you so much! I will check out that fitness pal thing since so many people find it useful. I should get back to tracking all my food. I’ve never done weight watchers, the idea of being in a group kind of freaked me out. Where did you find your personal trainer? HOw much do they run?
Post # 14
I’m older and have health issues, but I walk and I use Fitbit which helps me track my steps/calories/food/etc. I’m going to try a plant based diet because I eat way too much processed food and I need to stop.
Post # 15
@BriansBride: I have never been overweight, but working out for an hour 3-5 days a week with a fitness professional has kept me in shape. I recommend hiring a personal trainer, or joining a fitness studio that offers barre workouts, pilates, and yoga. Cardiovascular exercise along with strength training and stretching is the best way to get in shape. There is no substitute for healthy living and fitness.
Post # 16
Switching ALL my drinks to water, and trying to drink even more on top of that, makes everything else about my health and weight better.
Personal trainers can be pricey, but I know that a bunch of gyms in my area include certain amount of sessions with (fairly reasonably priced) membership. I haven’t used one, but I do use group classes, which really, really help motivate me. SO tried a personal trainer and said it was very helpful, though he’s since put the weight back on because he let the membership lapse and doesn’t have the same equipment at home, so you’ll want to ask one to give you tips on stuff you’ll actual continue to do long-term.